Trail of Lightning

, #1

English language

Published July 29, 2018

ISBN:
978-1-5344-1349-8
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4 stars (38 reviews)

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

Welcome to the Sixth World.

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Review of 'Trail of Lightning' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

TRAIL OF LIGHTING is a bright light in my reading life, a book with urban fantasy feels but nary a city in sight. Maggie is conflicted and messy, with a supernatural ability to bring death (helped by her gun and very large knife) and not much help reconciling that with the rest of herself. 

It's about legacies of trauma and the nature of monstrosity, as Maggie grapples with her understanding of herself. Is she a person who kills monsters? Or a monster who's trying to take other monsters down with her/ Part of this is shown early on when she deliberately withholds her expected part of a culturally important greeting, not wanting to show this part of herself to people she is technically in community with. She feels alienated from them by her deeds. Complicating this is the fact that she's useful to them for the very thing that makes …

Review of 'Trail of Lightning' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Unexpectedly complex and engrossing. Enjoyable, too. Roanhorse has a gift for dialogue - not profound, just banter that somehow communicates a lot of heart. Her characters are just a smidgen over the top — too kind, too conflicted, too evil — and her story development a little too convenient; and I was totally okay with all of it. There's real-life pain here: shame, guilt, uncertainty, fear, grit, deceit, pain, with small and large kindnesses all throughout.

My favorite aspect, and this is only a mild spoiler: Coyote. He was... refreshingly unpredictable. Coyote is often painted as evil or mischievous but still somehow recognizable to a human; Roanhorse's Coyote is what I've always envisioned: chaotic neutral. Motivations that make no sense, that cannot be understood by a mere human mind. Just when you think you have him pegged, nope, you don't, and I love that. It's a reminder that Coyote is …

Review of 'Trail of Lightning' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Love it. I'm definitely curious to see where the series goes from here. There were some minor letdowns along the way, but that's only because I was so immediately invested in the world and characters.

I love the feel of this story, which occasionally recalls both [b:American Gods|30165203|American Gods|Neil Gaiman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1462924585s/30165203.jpg|1970226] and [b:Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight|68034|Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight|Ursula K. Le Guin|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1388486681s/68034.jpg|171033]. It manages to feel simultaneously familiar and new, and it's a beautiful thing.

reviewed Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (The Sixth World, #1)

Review of 'Trail of Lightning' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Trail of Lightning came onto my TBR list via Rich in Color's review. In general, it was getting a lot of favorable press, and I saw it on other suggested reading lists, though I don't have those at hand.

It is important to note that after reading such favorable press, I also became aware of people within the Native community who had some concerns about Trail of Lightning. Anybody who is going to read this book should also read about these concerns. As a conscientious reader, it is important to keep this in mind.

It could be because I was aware of both super favorable reviews and press as well as people in the author's and subject's community have concerns, but the book had a bit of a slow start for me. There was a bunch of world-building that is well done, but also not masked quite well enough. For …

reviewed Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (The Sixth World, #1)

Review of 'Trail of Lightning' on 'Goodreads'

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I've been excitedly waiting for this debut novel ever since I read Rebecca Roanhorse's story, Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience.The book did not disappoint.When most of the world flooded, the elders raised a magical wall around Diné land.  The gods and mythological beings are back.  Some people are manifesting clan powers.  Maggie's clan powers make her a powerful monster killer.  She was taken in and trained by a mythological warrior after a tragedy until he left her a year ago.  Now she is a deeply emotionally damaged monster hunter for hire.Now she is on the trail of monsters that she has never seen before.  They are wiping out whole towns.This book reminds me a lot of the early seasons of the TV show Supernatural, if the lead was a no-nonsense Diné woman driving a 1972 pickup.  There are different groups of monster hunters.  There is …

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